Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 31, 2013

Campaign targets cold drug regulation in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — An industry trade group has launched a campaign in West Virginia opposing legislation that would require prescriptions for medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is also used illegally to make methamphetamine.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association began running ads this week on Charleston-area news websites. The group also has set up a website called Stop Meth, Not Meds, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Association spokeswoman Elizabeth Funderburke tells the Charleston Gazette ) that families rely on cold, sinus and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine. She says the association provides a platform for them to voice opposition to prescription legislation.

House Health Committee Chairman Don Perdue and Nicholas County Sen. Greg Tucker have said they plan to introduce prescription-only bills for pseudoephedrine.

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